1er Salon du Cinéma
Paris, Porte de Versailles, 12-14 Janvier 2007
Background items from Sofia Coppola's movie "Marie-Antoinette" :
So kitsch, so pink... o_O
I liked the details best. They asked infos to a sort of "fan-club" of Marie-Antoinette.
Famous photo company stand :
you could be taken in picture either with that character from the Ice Age, or with a background of various stars posing on a red carpet and waving to the crowd.
My personal award for "not too expensive but inventive movie-oriented background" :
A wall covered with a giant story-board. Complete with a repeated misspelling :P
Movie make-up stand.
Obviously, the girl sitting in undergoing a "fantasy" make-up to transform her into a monster.
"Robot" from Poitier's Futuroscope
If you ask me, it was a guy in costume, but shh, the kids bought it.
Most "WTF?" stand : French Air Force.
No idea what they were doing in that Salon. They had a flight simulator here - for Mirage F1.
Aardman studio stand
Cute, but pretty much all there was to see on the stand :
Pierre et le Loup
Frame-by-frame animation, for a feature released last year, based on Prokofiev's music.
The rest of the salon included a lot of movie schools (for people still thinking that OMG movies are the bestest glamourestest job EVAH, or even that you can actually make a living in it without being very lucky, very pretty and very related to people already in the business...), a sound effect demonstration that unfortunately was always crowded, and a few sellers.
And the main attraction (to me) :
(no, I'm not talking about actors)
The elephant doesn't have a spot on his trunk, it's just (un)fortunate angle on my part.
A lot of animals, and a little game : which of those are real?... Because some are.
Ta-daa! These are the 5 eagles. 3 white-headed ones (a.k.a. "Haliaeetus leucocephalus", or Bald Eagle, or American Eagle - Pygargue in French) like this one...
... and two... err... I don't know. Royal eagle, I think. They were far from me and I didn't want to flash them, so these are the best pics I managed :
Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo, Hibou Grand-duc) :
The last one is more neat because I had forgotten to switch the flash off... ^^;,,
Thankfully, he was not looking at me when I did. And he was remarkably unfazed by other flashes.
The star of the Salon :
(well, there were also a few actors / directors / crew people doing talks, but no one I wanted to see)
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus, - Harfang in French), one of the very owls who plays Hedwige in the Harry Potter movies.
It was standing on a (taxidermied, this one, or totally fake, I don't know) hippo :
This giant bird is "baby" condor. No, really, he's not completely grown-up. He's massive.
And probably more dangerous (because not yet used to have so many people around, and also bigger so more likely to hurt someone without trying), because it was put farther from the audience. I have no idea why the group behind him got to go to that area, others couldn't :(
Probably privileged people, like there always are. Grr. They even got to "try out" the snake (ah yes, there are also snakes. If you can't stand the sight of them, you might be wanting to skip the end of this post).
... I forgot to ask what this one was. Looks like a young / small Golden Eagle (Aigle Royal).
And this is a boa. About 8 kg. I touched it, yeah! As well as the Royal Python of which I just realize I didn't take pics. Bummer.
The odd patches on his skin is that he was shedding it.
Uh, hum... Hello?
They gave the URL for their website :
They said they give fauconnery courses. *wants*
But there is no info on that on their website, and Jacana, their center, is far in the woods and only reachable by car. *mopes*
Ah, and this... I thought "Oh, the font is lovely" before I realized that it wasn't a gothic fond, it was just that the fire sign as... err... apparently burnt a little ^^;,,